Tuesday, August 16, 2016
If you have a fussy, teething baby and reach out for advice on natural remedies, you may have noticed other parents say that the pain their child had with teething was drastically reduced because of their use of a Baltic Amber necklace.  
 You may be wondering how do these necklaces work?   How do you know which kind to get?  What is the difference between Baltic Amber and Hazelwood? 
Let me introduce you to Baltic Essentials!  Baltic Essentials carries a wide variety of jewelry for children, adults and pets too!  The collection includes Baltic Amber designs in either polished or unpolished, as well as gorgeous color variants like lemon, honey, milk, cognac and black cherry.  The Hazelwood designs can be combined with Baltic Amber and/or a mixture of other therapeutic, eye-catching stones.
I have to admit that I'm not new to Baltic Amber.  I was curious about this holistic treatment after having two kids that required multiple investments in teething pain remedies, so I purchased a Baltic Amber necklace for my third child when she was 6 months old.  After that, I never had to buy anything else to aid her.  All her teething symptoms disappeared entirely, so I tell all my friends to give it a try with their babies too!  However, I am new to Hazelwood.  My fourth child, who is almost 3 months has shown some signs of reflux and a friend mentioned Hazelwood could benefit. I was sent jewelry in exchange for a review and I'm so excited to share with you what I learned!
The Rainbow Hazelwood Baby Necklace is made with twigs from the Corylus Cornuta, there are 18 different varieties of plant indigenous to North America and it was first traditionally used as medicine by Native Americans. (1)  The Hazelwood is known to absorb and neutralize your body's acids to assist with digestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and are believed to also have healing powers for eczema, arthritis, migraines and depression.
This necklace is 11 inches and should fit for several months.  It additionally holds beautiful stones-there is Baltic Amber, Pink Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aventurine, Crysocolla and Red Agate. These stones promote good purifying energy, and they're so colorful and vibrant, I enjoy the way they look on my baby!
My infant daughter wears the necklace just a few hours a day.  Even with only those few hours, I honestly feel that after 2 days I noticed her spitting up less.  She still spits up, but not as frequently or as much volume. I was on the verge of going to the physician because her spit up was so often, but it is not much of a concern any more.  It is my opinion that the Rainbow Hazelwood Baby Necklace has helped with this advancement. As she grows, I can purchase an extension or upgrade to a larger necklace.
Necklaces are NOT to teethe on, they are not meant to be placed in the child's mouth.  They are meant to be placed on the skin and only used with direct supervision.
The Baltic Amber Adult & Child Set in Polished Lemon is something unique to unite mom and baby, and makes a great baby shower gift!  
 This set is polished, which adds more shine as you can see in the photo above.  The infant necklace is 12.5 inches and the adult necklace is 17 inches.
Baltic Amber is an organic remedy, the microscopic oils (succinic acid) from the fossilized resin seep into your skin, which are a natural analgesic and aid in pain relief.  (2)
Like I said earlier, I personally believe Baltic Amber is beneficial with teething.  Although my little one isn't yet teething, I still think it can help with any pain my child may experience.  Since I've been wearing my necklace, I feel like my immunity has had a little boost.  I have hashimoto disease, a disorder of the thyroid gland and I am hopeful that this necklace may help me combat my symptoms with more ease.
The choice between which necklaces to get can be difficult, because there's so many good things about them!  My suggestion would be to get both a Hazelwood and a Baltic Amber necklace and try them out like I have, maybe there's one that you'll notice works better for you.  Or you could get a mixed necklace that has both Hazelwood and Baltic Amber!! Baltic Essentials has many options and their products come with an authenticity guarantee, you can return it if it isn't just what you asked for, so you can feel confident your design will be perfect for you!
The jewelry shown from Baltic Essentials has screw clasps, which is great because they conceal the closure and blend into the design very nicely. The screw clasps are very easy to use, but there ARE more options available in closures!  Pop clasps, lobster clasps and stretch cord as well!
Shop Baltic Essentials www.balticessentials.com or you can find many of their products also on AMAZON!
LIKE Baltic Essentials on Facebook and Follow on Instagram for new product announcements and special deals/discounts!
What's my favorite thing about Baltic Essentials?  They have so many choices in colors that you really just want to buy them all!  I love the products, they really seem to work for us. I think anyone would like to have a special piece of jewelry from Baltic Essentials!
Is there anything I'd change?  NOTHING!
I give Baltic Essentials a 10/10!
 Here's a chance for you to win $50 store credit to Baltic Essentials!
To enter, just fill out the competition form below! Open to US and Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/16/16-8/30/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!

Latched On Mom received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, written by me. Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

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Monday, August 15, 2016
If you're in need of a double electric breast pump and having problems getting a reliable pump through your insurance (check out my post sharing how to go about that HERE), this is a great opportunity to win one!
Bellema Professional Care Effective Double Electric Breast Pump Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Bellema

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

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​Bellema is committed to providing superior quality breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories to enhance mothers nursing experience. Their designs and development are backed by a dedicated R&D team that includes over 20 experts! By combining years of expertise and reputation, they have gained trust from nursing mothers around the world.

Winner Will Receive:

BELLEMA Professional Care Effective Double Electric Breast Pump - FDA Approved! $199.99 RV 

2-phase pumping: stimulation & expression, 9 adjustable vaccum power up to 320 mbar
Left, right or dual operation with indipendent control, select different vacuum levels independently
Closed system anti-backflow, double-pumping ability, choose from single or double mode
Soft silicone cushions for gentle massage and comfortable pumping. Memory feature remembers preferred settings, easy to assemble, operate and clean
All parts are BPA free. One year limited warranty
What's in the Box:
1 Breastpump Motor Unit
2 Breast Suction Kits with Tubings
2 Storage Bottles
2 Bottle Adapters
2 Bottle Bases
2 Nipple Sets
1 Power Adapter
1 User Manual & Warranty Card

Open To US - Must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 8/15 12:02 AM EST through 8/31 11:59 PM EST Good Luck!

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Love, Mrs. Mommy received nominal monetary compensation to host this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a new winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
If you love cloth diapers, like I do, here is an opportunity to WIN some!  If they aren't really your thing, you're still in luck because there's other awesome baby gear to choose from if you win!
$50 credit to bumbini can be yours, enter below!
This giveaway is hosted by Mama the Fox.
Open to US & Canada.
Ends 8/20/2016.
Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Do you need a lactation boost?  Many moms are concerned that they're not making enough milk.  There are many factors that play into decreased output, HERE is a post I wrote about milk production with helpful links that provide evidence based answers.  If you've seen a drop and are struggling with milk production, there are natural options that can help.  One of the most common galactagogues you'll see mentioned is lactation cookies. I was so happy when I came across Simply Baked Co.  They offer a variety of  flavors of Lactation Cookie Kits and premade Lactation Cookies, Boobie Bites, Lactation Cookie Cups as well as toddler Teething Biscuits and Daddy Cookies!
Kristen Scott is the WAHM behind Simply Baked Co., which is based out of Denver Colorado. Simply Baked was founded in November of 2015 and is really taking off!  I asked her what motivated her to start Simply Baked and what her favorite thing about running it is. She said, "I started the business because my doctor wanted me to supplement.  Nash was slow to gain.  I started making lactation cookies and they seemed to help me.  I was pumping more ounces so I was hooked.  I knew then that I had to make them healthier. So I did. I turned it into a business! I love to help moms that are down and out like I was... My breastfeeding journey was very tough and when moms write and thank me for my help it makes my day."
I was sent lactation cookies in exchange for a review.  These cookies were sent with thoughtful carefulness. Above is a photo of a half dozen of premade Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies.  When you order this, you get a whole dozen cookies, which are paired into twos and wrapped in plastic wrap to keep them fresh.  Then sealed in a cellophane bag and bubble wrapped. Nothing is going to get to those cookies except you!  They are baked to perfection- golden and crispy on the outside but the middle is so soft and every bite just melts in your mouth. They are scrumptious!
I'm dairy free because I have a sensitivity and my little one has shown all the signs of a sensitivity as well.  I love that Simply Baked Co. has dairy free options!  Also, when you order a kit, you can customize the recipe yourself, which is a feature anyone would appreciate.  I use cashew milk or almond milk and coconut oil in all of my recipes, so getting to make this recipe with familiar ingredients was great!
 Pictured above is the soon-to-be released Ginger Snap Chai Lactation Cookies Kit. I was so excited to be one of the first to test this flavor!  When I mixed it, the dough looked good enough to eat! 
I formed the dough into one inch balls, which is a little smaller than what you could make them, but I always figure it's best to start out slow.  Plus, I like them poppable.  It made about 2 dozen cookies.
While the cookies were baking, my six year old said the house smelled like Christmas!  She was so excited about that, she insisted on testing a cookie too!
I have to say that I really enjoy the new flavor and I'm not even a fan of ginger snaps!  The flavor is not as strong as you'd think because of the scent of the spices...  It's actually very mild and such a delight!  I think this new flavor is going to be a big hit!
Here is a list of all the currently available Simply Baked Co. Lactation Cookies flavors:
• Chocolate Chip 
• Chocolate Chocolate Chip
• M&M Oatmeal
• Coconut Oatmeal
• Coconut Cranberry Oatmeal
• White Chocolate Almond Oatmeal
• Blueberry Oatmeal
• Apricot Almond Oatmeal
• Cranberry Oatmeal
• Cinnamon Oatmeal
• Ginger Snap Chai (soon-to-be released!)
The majority of these cookies are dairy free.  The ingredients that assist with lactation are Brewer's yeast, flaxseed and oatmeal.  You can keep them frozen for up to 6 months and just pull one out whenever necessary.
2-3 cookies are recommended to eat at first, then just one every day thereon.  Simply Baked Co says an increase should happen within 2-3 days of eating cookies.  I only ate 2 the first day, and the next day I had a whole day of complete fullness!  These cookies are absolutely worth trying if you need a boost!
What's my favorite thing about Simply Baked Co?  EVERYTHING!  The packaging is spot on, the recipes are healthy, the flavors are delightful and the customer service is superb.
Is there anything I'd change?  I think everything this shop offers is way ahead of the curve, and if there's anything missing or anything you just have to have Kristen is glad to accomodate your needs.  Simply Baked Co. is dedicated to giving their customers the best!
I give Simply Baked a 10/10!
Want to try these cookies?  To help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Simply Baked Co. is giving away 1 lactation cookies kit of dairy free chocolate chocolate chip (double chocolate chip) and a lactation kit of Ginger Snap Chai. To enter, just fill out the competition form below! Open to US ONLY. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/5/16-8/19/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.


This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!
Latched On Mom received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, written by me. Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com


Thursday, August 4, 2016
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Here's another back to school offer!  For a limited time, my readers will get a discount of up to 40% off new school styles at Gymboree! Plus, if you spend $75, you get FREE SHIPPING!
I love Gymboree's clothes and accessories!  My daughters have several adorable outfits from there, so when there's a good deal like this, it's worth sharing!
Check out the cute, colorful and coordinated collections today!  
Gymboree Sale On Now!


Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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I don't know about you, but I am pretty bad about remembering to stock up with sales throughout the year on school supplies.  Then all of a sudden, it's August and I've ran out of time... school is starting SUPER SOON. Here, we have just 2 weeks.  I was about to just give up, because I become completely frazzled trying to take all 4 kids out shopping. I don't want to do anything the hard way. Then I remembered that Amazon has really fast shipping and everything I need to get is on there!  PERFECT for last minute back to school shopping!
Your child's supply list is usually on the school district's website.  It varies depending on grade level, but if in doubt, start with the basics:
• backpack
• lunchbox
• 24 sharpened #2 pencils
• 2 pocket folders
• 2 spiral notebooks
• 1 pencil bag/box
• 1 composition notebook
• 1 pack loose-leaf paper
• 2 blue pens & 2 black pens
• 2 ct. package of dry erase markers
• 2 pink erasers
• 2 glue sticks
• 1 highlighter
• 24 ct. box crayons
• 8 ct. package of washable markers
• 1 three inch, three ring binder
• facial tissues
• hand sanitizer
Here are my top 10 GREEN picks for the 2016 school year!
Jansport Superbreak Backpack Multi Stickers by Jansport. This print is so fun and reminds me of doodles I used to draw in school! These backpacks are GUARANTEED for life, so you don't have to buy another backpack again.

The ECOLunchbox Three-In-One is awesome.  Waste-free lunchware saves our planet and pocketbook.
Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils, Jewel, 5-Pack by Tombow.
Blue Q Mister Cat Zipper Pouch by Blue Q is made with 95% recycled material.  This is my favorite design!
JAM Paper® Plastic 2-Pocket Folders - Eco Friendly Folder with Metal Clasps - Assorted Colors - 6 Folders per Pack
Staples Eco-Friendly Composition Book ~ Green Words of Inspiration (7.5" x 9.75"; 100 Sheets, 200 Pages; Wide Ruled)

TreeSmart Recycled Newspaper Pencils (12 Pencils)

Writeyboard Re-Fillable Low Odor Premium Dry Erase Markers, 4 pack.  These are the only Eco-Friendly ones I know of!


International Arrivals Natural Beeswax Crayons, Set of 24.
 
Oxford - 3 Pack - Recycled 20-Lb. Filler Paper 11 X 8-1/2 White College Ruled 200 Sheets

Did you go green with your back to school shopping?  Tell me what you bought in the comments!



Don't you think it's convenient there's clothing you can wear while you're pregnant and for nursing too?  Having trendy breastfeeding apparel that flatters your pregnancy curves as well as your postpartum body is something I thought about. As plus size, sometimes it's harder to find styles in the sizes you need, but I recently found Momzelle and I loved what they offered!
Momzelle's mission is "help mothers feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding anywhere!" "We dream of a world where breastfeeding is accepted and embraced; where it is truly seen as normal, natural and beautiful. We hope for a world where nursing in public is never associated with the word 'controversy'."
Momzelle was started in 2007 in Toronto, Canada but has since grown quite a bit!  They are now located in Montreal. Their clothing is designed for both pregnancy and nursing, is priced affordably and is made from high quality fabrics.  They currently offer bras, tanks, short and long sleeved shirts, dresses, pyjamas, nursing scarves, nursing bands, nursing necklaces and even diaper bags! They are one of the sponsors for this year's Big Latch On!
My friend Valerie modeled the Molly Nursing Tunic and she really liked this shirt! This was the first time she's worn a shirt like this and she found it easy to use.  Valerie is shown tandem nursing her 2 year old and 2 month old in the photo below!
The Molly Nursing Tunic is long sleeved and scoop necked. It has one panel in the front that lifts up with kind of like a W shaped cut in the fabric underneath, exposing the breasts.  The first thing you will notice about this shirt is that it is longer than most shirts.  I think the length is figure flattering, but it has ruching detail along the side seams, so it's very slimming, too. It comes in a variety of gorgeous shades!  I love the navy blue that Valerie is wearing!
You can get this shirt in XS, S, M, L, XL or XXL. 
I really did not feel that the Molly Nursing Tunic in size XXL fit me, the fabric didn't seem to have as much stretch to it and my breasts (at a DDD currently) felt smooshed.  I asked for my friend Valerie (who is size 16) to give it a try and it fit her really well (as you can see in the photos above)!
The Molly Nursing Tunic will soon be available in a longer fit, as well as some new colors for Fall!
The Lucy Nursing Top has a front panel as well, and it lifts or pulls down and it is different than the Molly Nursing Tunic.  It has two criss-cross panels, with nothing underneath.
There is ruching along the side seams in this shirt also. The material on the Lucy Nursing Top seems stretchier and softer than that of the Molly Nursing Tunic, but they both are labeled to be 94% cotton and 6% spandex.
The Lucy Nursing Top comes in three colors and is available in sizes XS-XXL.
I am wearing the Lucy Nursing Top in black size XXL in the photo below.  I feel that this tank fits me perfectly. I am a size 20 and I am happy to have plus size friendly nursing apparel options!
 I love the photo taken of me nursing my 2 month old for World Breastfeeding Week on Instagram, wearing the Lucy Nursing top.  I pulled it down, I really like that you can either pull up or down with it!
I made a quick video to show you how the Lucy Nursing Top works!  Check it out HERE!

What is my favorite thing about Momzelle's Molly and Lucy Nursing shirts?  I love the fashion variety they have as well as all the colors! They're so vibrant!  Gorgeous fabrics and A+ style!
Is there anything I'd change?  I think they should extend sizing up just one more, I'd be wearing that Molly Nursing Tunic everywhere if it fit me!
I give Momzelle a 9/10!
You can shop at http://www.momzelle.com or on Amazon!
For some more fun during World Breastfeeding Week, you have a chance to win $50 store credit to Momzelle! Just fill out the competition form below to enter! Open to US & Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/3/16-8/17/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!
Latched On Mom received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, written by me. This post may contain affiliate links.  Please see my full disclosure for more information. Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

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